BGC Museum Exhibit: Picturing the Parables

Joan Bohlig  Copperplate Etching  1984

Therefore, keep awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn. (Mark 13:35)

Bohlig considers Christ’s statements about his imminent return in this small etching where Jesus warns us to be watchful, because we know not when the master of the house will return. Through the use of swirling background patterns, Bohlig alludes to the uncertainty of the hour of Christ’s return and the end of time as we know it. The screeching rooster becomes a visual reminder, a warning that we must always be prepared.